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Cook, Paul

(1950-    ) US poet and author whose infrequent sf stories began with "The Character Assassin" in Other Worlds #1 (anth 1979) edited by Roy Torgeson. In his first novel, Tintagel (1981), a virus transports its victims, by actualizing their response to Music, into fantasy worlds into which the protagonist, who is immune to the emotional effects of music, must enter in order to rescue them. Duende Meadow (1985) depicts the Post-Holocaust return of North Americans from ...

World, the Flesh and the Devil, The

Film (1959). HarbelProductions/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Ranald MacDougall. Written by Ferdinand Reyher and MacDougall, nominally based on The Purple Cloud (1901) by M P Shiel. Cast includes Harry Belafonte, Mel Ferrer and Inger Stevens. 95 minutes. Black and white. / Ralph Burton (Belafonte), an African-American mine inspector, is trapped Underground by a cave-in. He can hear rescuers attempting to reach him, but apparently they give up. He digs himself out, to find a deserted ...

Cremer, Andrea

(1978-    ) US author of Young Adult novels, who has written at least one adult Sex fantasy as by A D Robertson; she is perhaps best known for the Nightshade sequence beginning with Nightshade (2010), set in a fantasy America where Werewolves and humans co-exist uneasily. The main protagonist of the series is a young woman whose energy and adroitness lead her into power-games and romance. Cremer is of sf interest for the Inventor's Secret sequence beginning with The ...

Franklin, Stephen

(1922-1985) Canadian journalist and author, in whose Knowledge Park (1972), the Ontario-Québec border north of Lake Abitibi houses a community of conjoined libraries in an edificial Keep known as the Igloos of Minerva which comes to contain the shared memories of human civilization. [JC]

Greeno, Gayle

(1949-    ) US author of two connected series of Planetary Romances: the Ghatti's Tale sequence beginning with The Ghatti's Tale: Book One: Finders-Seekers (1993) and the Ghatten's Gambit sequence ending with The Farthest Seeking (2000). On the abandoned colony planet of Methuen, various categories of being – including the unsurprisingly cat-like Ghatti, who are Telepaths – intermix, bonding or not. Mind Snare (1997) is a Young Adult tale, as are in effect the ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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